Thursday, July 18, 2013

Destination Ridgefield – and the Ridgefield Library

Have you ever found yourself in a strange city and headed for the nearest public library for information, access to computers or the Internet or even just refuge for planning the next phase of your travels?  With our inclusion on the new Destination Ridgefield tourism website, the Ridgefield Library hopes that visitors to Ridgefield will be encouraged to stop by when they are in town.  While our main constituency is Ridgefield residents, we are pleased to be able to help make out-of-towners’ visits enjoyable for them and, ultimately, profitable for local businesses. Among the services that can be enjoyed by guests as well as locals are access to computers to check email, wireless access to the Internet, magazines and newspapers to peruse, assistance with geneaology and local history inquiries, and even drop-in storytimes and other programs (subject to space availability). We are happy to do what we can to help visitors leave with a positive impression of our town – and plans to return to sample further its many attractions.

P.S.   Look for the Library’s entry in the Chamber’s Chairish Ridgefield auction during Summerfest on July 20th, with proceeds to support Destination Ridgefield.  See if you can find and identify our book-themed creation!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Surviving the Dog Days

It’s truly the dog days of summer now.  How can the Ridgefield Library help you cope?

Check out all the resources available on without leaving the convenience of your cool – and dry! – home or office.  Do research, find a good book to read, download an e-book or audiobook, learn a language and more.

Log in your entries for Summer Reading while on vacation.  You can record your reading online – no need to come in to the Library except to pick up your prizes and get more to read!

Look for Waldo – he’s all over town, including at the Library.  Pick up a passport and earn prizes.  It’s all part of Shop Local: Find Waldo Now organized by Books on the Common.

Download the Biblio app and check our catalog, your account, event listings and more on most devices while on the go to beach or camp.

Stop by to cool off!  Our building is nicely air conditioned, and we have lots of drop-in programs for kids, plus newspapers, Internet and more to keep adults happily occupied.  Don’t miss PJ Storytime every Monday night at 6:00 and our literature course MOOC meet-up Wednesdays at 6:30!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What Should I Read this Summer?

Headed to the beach or on vacation and need some reading recommendations?  Here are a couple of ways the Ridgefield Library can help. You can find these and more on the Reader’s Resources section at
  • Subscribe to our “Reading on our Radar” blog for regular news of the hot new titles, plus some less well-known “sleepers” that are worth a look.
  • Check out the Staff Picks list on the “Finding a Good Book” page on the website, where you will also find information on new releases, bestsellers, award winners and dozens of thematic reading lists, including the perennial favorite “Beach Books with Brains and Bite.”
  • Sign up to receive periodic BookLetters email newsletters that feature new and recommended books in various genres.  Register on our website.
  • Attend the monthly Books & Breakfast gathering (2nd Monday of each month at 10:30 AM, currently at Keeler Tavern Museum), where staff and library patrons share what they have been reading – along with coffee and snacks. 
  • Follow us on Twitter @ridgefieldlib and watch for our Friday postings of what our staff is reading.

And, of course, we are always happy to make suggestions in person – just ask!